Prohormone & Supplement Ingredients:

Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame K)

Acesulfame potassium (aka Acesulfame K) is an artificial sweetener discovered in 1967. It is widely used in food and drinks both in the United States and Europe. Acesulfame potassium is roughly 200 times sweeter than normal sucrose, making it about as sweet as aspartame.

Like many other artificial sweeteners, acesulfame potassium has no calories. The body is unable to metabolize acesulfame potassium, allowing it to confer taste without adding nutritive or caloric value.

There are health concerns about acesulfame potassium. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has stated that the FDA was petitioned in 1988 not to approve acesulfame potassium because of studies which seemed to link its use to lung tumors and breast tumors.

Acesulfame K has been shown to stimulate dose-dependent insulin secretion in rats, though no hypoglycemia was observed. In one study conducted by the National Toxicology Program, 60 rats were given acesulfame K for 40 weeks, making up as much as 3% of their total diet (the equivalent to a human consuming 1,343 12-oz cans of artificially sweetened soda a day). There was no sign that these (or lower) levels of acesulfame K increased the rats' risk of cancer.
Supplements with this ingredient:
None (for now)

Links to additional information on Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame K)
Toxicity studies of acesulfame potassium (Added on 1/4/2011)
Testing Needed for Acesulfame Potassium, an Artificial Sweetener (Added on 1/4/2011)
FDA approval of Acesulfame Potassium (Added on 1/4/2011)
Everything You Need to Know About Acesulfame Potassium (Added on 1/4/2011)

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